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Musgrove welcomes being in first wave of new CQC inspections - 01 July 2013

Musgrove welcomes being in first wave of new CQC inspections - 01 July 2013

Musgrove Park Hospital has welcomed being named in the first wave of the new Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspections, which were announced today.

The Hospital is one of 18 chosen by the Care Quality Commissions’ new Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Professor Sir Mike Richards to be inspected using a new, more in depth surveillance model.

The 18 hospitals selected for the first wave of inspections were chosen as together they represent the variation experienced by patients when receiving NHS hospital care.

Six of the Trusts are a priority for inspection because they have high risk scores, six have low risk scores and six others are between these two extremes. Musgrove Park Hospital has been selected as it has been shown to have a low risk score.

Welcoming today’s announcement Chief Executive of Musgrove Park Hospital, Jo Cubbon said: “We always strive to deliver the highest quality of care to our patients so I am pleased we will be in the first wave of these more in depth inspections carried out by the Care Quality Commission. I see this as a real opportunity for us, and the NHS as a whole, to take a closer look at what we are doing and learn even more about how we can improve the services we deliver to the community we serve.

“We have been chosen to be part of this first wave because of our low risk score, this means that based on previous CQC inspections and data we have demonstrated that at Musgrove we are delivering consistently high quality, safe care to our patients. Having said that, I know that no healthcare organisation gets it right all of the time which is why I am delighted we can use this as an opportunity to learn and further improve the care we provide.”

The new inspections are due to start by the end of August, with all 18 hospitals in the first wave having been inspected by the end of December 2013.

Although the CQC has not given specific details of how the inspections will be carried out, we do know the key elements of the approach in the new model will be to assess whether services are safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led. Professor Sir Mike Richards has said the new national inspection teams will be headed by a senior NHS clinician or executive working alongside senior CQC inspectors and will include professional and clinical staff and other experts, including trained members of the public.

The teams will be significantly bigger than at present and will spend longer inspecting hospitals, covering every site that delivers acute services and eight key service areas: A&E, maternity, paediatrics, acute medicine and surgical pathways, care of the frail elderly, end of life care and outpatients (including discharge arrangements and links with other sectors). They will look at additional specialties where necessary.

Professor Sir Mike Richards has also said the inspections will be a mixture of unannounced and announced visits and they will include inspections in the evenings and at weekends and that before an inspection takes place the inspection teams will assess a wide range of quantitative data, including information from partner organisations and from the public.

By the end of 2015 the CQC will have inspected all acute hospital using this new model and following an inspection hospitals will be rated as either outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate.